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Lincoln Hills  - Monday, Oct 28, 2019

Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD

Fishing Trip Date: Monday, Oct 28, 2019

Monday, Oct 28, 2019
Quote(s) of the Day: I just can't get through the slush!
So, when the river is frozen like this, does it make the fishing more difficult?
Man, this is some cold fishing!
This weather is the craziest I've ever fished in!
Man that water is cold!
Darren is our friend!
"I am not cold at all" said Matt while standing in the river.

Fishing Highlights:

You got to love a blizzard in October. Scott brought some of his customers to come up and do some fishing. However, in the last 24hrs, the temperatures have dropped almost 60 degrees and brought some snow. This did not stop us today. We braved the elements and got it done. Fishing was tough in the morning with all the slush but Shane managed a few Euro nymphing. The sun came out in the afternoon and the slush resided. Shane caught a few really nice fish in the afternoon. Until next time Tight LinesThe weather really tried to kick our @sses today: the river was a grumpy, slushy mix of nonsense and the wind swept through like an unpredictable hormonal teenager. However, unbeknownst to Nature, Dan and Aaron were impervious to such feeble meteorological conditions. These guys showed up to fish, and fish we did. The morning was torture - everything was frozen, coated in several inches of ice and the fish were being jerks. It was beautiful though, an iconic sunny, snowy cold snap in the Colorado high country, with elk in the distant hills keeping a watchful eye. The afternoon was a different story - the river opened up and the fish fed consistently on olive midges. Dan hooked fish right away while Aaron and I found a honey hole upstream. The boys traded off hooking fish on the most subtle of takes, but a diligent eye and soft step resulted in 20 fish in the net. Aaron landed a 5 pound beast shortly after Dan held up a solid 21" bow. Overall - memorable day - thank you guys! Today was a really fun but cold day on the water with Brian and Scott. It took a while to break up some ice just to get down to the fish but once we did they were feeding. There was a lot of slush in the water in the morning but in the afternoon it cleared up and we are able to catch some really nice fish. Scott caught a really nice 24in rainbow trout which made our day. Im looking forward to fishing with this group again next year!What an eventful day at Lincoln hills with Dan and Scott! We endured some crazy weather today with pretty ruff conditions but we pushed threw it! Dan and Scott are both on a yearly trip that they take up here to Lincoln hills so they are no stranger to a little snow and less than favorable conditions. But today was pretty ruff after a couple cold nights at -2 with a wind chill of -15 the river was locking up with ice and we were having a pretty tough time finding good lanes to fish in but we got it done! Dave caught 2 fish over 16in and lost a couple more ! Scott decided to leave early due to cold feet and wet hands but joined us later in the day. After lunch we were blessed with ample amounts of sun and the water started to warm up a bit and the fishing did too we put 4 fish in the net and lost a few more with in a hour and a half.Kody, Chris, and I got started around 10:30. The morning was chilly and the slush was flowing. Getting a good drift in the morning was tough, using a Euro rig seemed to be the best option. Kody used a casting technique not seen to often in fly fishing, it was an underhand cast used primarily while fishing with jigs. It was very effective, Kody managed three hook ups and one to the net before lunch. Things got better after lunch, it warmed enough the slush was gone and the fish were hungry. Chris and I put a stalk on a nice 15" bow. Chris spotted him laying right in front of this rock, he made the cast, got the perfect drift, then we watched the fish put the fly right in his mouth, SET! We spent the rest of the day stalking and landing fish. What a great day on the water! Thanks for braving the cold with me, I had a blast. Jordan and Landon were a blast to spend some time on the water with. Our conditions were far from ideal, with slush and ice consistnelty coming down the river. That didn't scare these guys though, and by lunch we had put some fish in the net. After lunch, we rallied and set out back into the snow. Towards the afternoon, sun warmed just enough to minimize the slush and we were able to find a few great Rainbows. We shared laughs and stories and made the best of the day. Thank you both for being troopers!The day started with a pleasant 2 1/2 hour drive greeted by temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. With the snow dumping I headed to the river to break off some ice shelves but after seeing that they were refreezing as soon as broke them off I retreated back to the clubhouse for a quick warm up. I had to fish Matt and Brandon in one spot for the morning beat as it was our only spot open enough for us. There was so much slush on the river that I had a huge amount of weight on so our flies would be able to sink. Matt hooked into a beautiful, large rainbow and because the river was so cold the trout was a bit sluggish and we were able to net it. Nothing warms you up on cold river like a 24 inch rainbow.







  After a whole season of pressure the fish are getting spooky. Stealth is the name of the game so walk softly and keep a low profile. The lower flows and clear water means it’s time for smaller flies, longer leaders, and lighter tippets.  Make sure to not expose yourself too much in an effort to avoid spooking fish. The sight fishing has been great. I can’t feel my hands it’s freezing outside! Time to put the fly rod away and tie some flies! Looks like winter is around the corner, what a season it was! Can’t wait until next spring!  The fishing is good.  Partly Cloudy skies and 19- degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Fishing Report By:

Mike Sherer - Guide Photo
Mike Sherer
T.K. Connor - Guide Photo
T.K. Connor
Missing Photo
Joe Hubbard
Missing Photo
Langston Oxendine
Missing Photo
Alan Dunlap
Missing Photo
Conor Henricks
Randy Pruitt - Guide Photo
Randy Pruitt

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 19- Temp: 32-35
Sky: Partly Cloudy Flow: 33
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: Snow Runoff: No 
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 13
Number Hookups: 109 Number Landed: 70

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz
Length: 24 inches
Girth: 14 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Reported Insect Hatchs

None

Recommended Flies

Fly: Wd 40
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Wd 40 Wd 40
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 24
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty

Lincoln Hills Monday, Oct 28, 2019 Fishing Trip Photos

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Colorado Hatch Conditions for Early November

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group


Weather for Lincoln Hills

Current: 55 F Clear Sky Wind: 27 W mph

Current Conditions

Clear
Currently: Clear Sky
Temperature:  55 F
Temp Max:  64 F
Temp Min:  42 F
Humidity: 27%
Wind: 27 W mph
Pressure: 1016
Clear Tuesday 5:00PM — 42 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 29 and 42 .
Wind: 27 W mph; Humidity: 34%; 
Clouds Tuesday 8:00PM — 35 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 26 and 35 .
Wind: 27 W mph; Humidity: 44%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00PM — 32 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 26 and 32 .
Wind: 30 W mph; Humidity: 39%; 
Clouds Wednesday 2:00AM — 32 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 28 and 32 .
Wind: 29 WSW mph; Humidity: 37%; 
Clouds Wednesday 5:00AM — 31 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 51 W mph; Humidity: 35%; 
Clear Wednesday 8:00AM — 30 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 47 W mph; Humidity: 54%; 
Clouds Wednesday 11:00AM — 35 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 35 and 35 .
Wind: 44 WNW mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Wednesday 2:00PM — 37 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 40 WNW mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Clear Wednesday 5:00PM — 26 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 26 and 26 .
Wind: 13 WNW mph; Humidity: 70%; 
Clouds Wednesday 8:00PM — 24 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 13 WSW mph; Humidity: 81%; 
Clouds Wednesday 11:00PM — 23 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 13 W mph; Humidity: 82%; 
Clouds Thursday 2:00AM — 23 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 11 W mph; Humidity: 85%; 
Clouds Thursday 5:00AM — 22 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 22 and 22 .
Wind: 16 W mph; Humidity: 84%; 
Clouds Thursday 8:00AM — 27 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 27 and 27 .
Wind: 20 W mph; Humidity: 69%; 
Clouds Thursday 11:00AM — 39 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 39 and 39 .
Wind: 10 W mph; Humidity: 35%; 
Clear Thursday 2:00PM — 41 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 41 and 41 .
Wind: 11 W mph; Humidity: 33%; 
Clouds Thursday 5:00PM — 30 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 20 W mph; Humidity: 58%; 
Clouds Thursday 8:00PM — 30 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 26 W mph; Humidity: 54%; 
Clouds Thursday 11:00PM — 33 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 30 W mph; Humidity: 44%; 
Clouds Friday 2:00AM — 32 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 32 and 32 .
Wind: 28 W mph; Humidity: 43%; 

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